Nov. 10, 2009
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Ohio kicker Matt Weller connected on his second field goal with 1:25 left to give visiting Ohio a 27-24 win over Buffalo Tuesday evening on ESPN2. Ohio improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the league, while the Bulls dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-5.
Running back Chris Garrett had a team-high 68 yards on 17 carries, while quarterback Theo Scott completed 22 of 28 passes for 221 yards with one interception. Junior wide receiver LaVon Brazill posted career-highs with 10 catches for 99 yards to lead the receiving attack. Linebacker Noah Keller posted a team-high eight tackles.
Buffalo’s rushing attack produced 114 yards from the trio of Mario Henry, Zach Maynard and Jeffvon Gill. Maynard completed 17 of 36 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bulls receiver Naaman Roosevelt dominated the game with eight catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Buffalo’s Josh Copeland had nine tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Ohio got on the board first with a nine-yard run by freshman quarterback Tyler Tettleton at the 3:10 mark of the first quarter. The score was answered by Buffalo on a 76-yard Jerry Davis touchdown pass to Roosevelt who streaked down the sideline on the first play from scrimmage.
The Bobcats fired right back, however, when junior running back Vince Davidson cashed in a 10-yard scoring run after Scott and Price hooked up on a 48-yard pass play.
Ohio went up 21-7 on the first play of the second quarter when Brazill hit classmate Terrence McCrae on a 48-yard pass to the end zone. Buffalo defensive back Kendri Hawkins jarred the ball loose right before the play reached the end zone, but McCrae alertly jumped on the ball for the score.
Just when it looked like Ohio might take a two-score lead into the locker room, Buffalo scored on a methodical 14-play, 93-yard drive that chewed up just one minute, 56 seconds. Roosevelt snared a 21-yard pass in the corner of the end zone from quarterback Zach Maynard with three seconds left to pull the Bulls within seven points at the break.
Following a Marcellis Williamson fumble recovery, Weller drilled a 46-yard field goal at the 10:22 mark of the third quarter to put the Bobcats up 24-14.
Buffalo responded on the ensuing possession when Roosevelt notched his third touchdown catch of the day on a 22-yarder from Maynard in the back corner of the end zone.
The Bulls added a 26-yard A.J. Principe field goal with 7:04 left prior to Weller’s late-game heroics, which gave Ohio a three-point lead with 85 seconds left. Ohio junior cornerback Shannon Ballard then salted away the win when he picked off Maynard at his own 23-yard line and returned it 40 yards.
Buffalo outgained Ohio 441-384.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Nov. 21 against Northern Illinois (6-3, 4-1) at 2 p.m. in Peden Stadium.